Fiddling in the Buff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The Buffalo Valley Inn in Glenwood Springs hosts “A Jazz Tradition” – a concert of the Cannonball Adderley arrangements of “The Fiddler on the Roof” – at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.The performance, produced and performed by local drummer Bob Levey, includes Tim Fox on trumpet, multi-reed virtuoso Warren Jones, pianist Justin Pfieffer and bassist Mark Gray.Adderley’s arrangements were first recorded by his group in the 1960s, and the music made an immediate and deep impression on Levey, who includes it in his favorite recordings of all time.The suite is made up of the great songs of “Fiddler;” “Sabbath Prayer,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “To Life,” “Chavalah,” “Sewing Machine,” “Now I Have Everything,” “Do You Love Me?,” “Matchmaker,” and “If I Were a Rich Man.”After performing the show to a packed house at Steve’s Guitars in June, the group felt a desire to perform it again.Fox is well known throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and has performed with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Connie Francis, Mitzi Gaynor, and many more. He holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin in music and teaches music and technology in the Roaring Fork School District Re-1.Jones studied ethnomusicology at Tufts University and jazz at Wichita State University. He is co-founder and a member of the new music group Enuma Elish, and teaches and performs music in Grand Junction.Pfieffer has been the pianist at the St. Regis hotel in Aspen for the last four years, and in 2004 was the winner of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Piano Soloist Competition. He is pursuing his master’s degree in music at the University of Northern Colorado.Gray is regularly heard with the Walt Smith Trio at Buffalo Valley and the Symphony in the Valley, and has performed with Warren Vache, Harry Allen, Plas Johnson, and Bernadette Peters. He has a degree in music from Northern Illinois University, and teaches music at Roaring Fork High School and Carbondale Middle School.Levey has followed in the footsteps of his father, be-bop drummer Stan Levey, and is an ambassador of jazz in the Roaring Fork Valley. He has performed with Big Momma Thorton, De La Soul, Joyce DeWitt, Art Frank, Jeannie Brown and Boss City to name just a few, and is a fixture in the valley music scene.The group will perform a “dinner set” from 7-8 p.m., with the “Fiddler” show beginning at 8:30 p.m.Cover charge for the show is $20. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact 927-5009 or 945-1023.
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